Hear the word flimflam and you think of a time of straw hats and cardboard suitcases; of grifters pulling into town to take the rubes with patent medicine, three-card monte and the old pigeon drop con.
It would be nice to think that these words don’t get used today because we’ve become so much smarter. We have information at our finger tips. We are too smart and sophisticated for flimflam, grifts, ruses, hustles, swindles or bunko to work on us.
Of course that’s not true. Words just fall out of fashion. Today we call them scams and cons. And while we might be more sophisticated than we were, we remain human and human nature remains just as exploitable as it was a hundred years ago. Oh, and the Flimflammers have gotten more sophisticated too. They’re now using computers.
Using the Internet to run scams makes sense. Con is short for confidence. And where better to gain confidence than among friends and...